Amatil Double Winner at 2013 Environmental Packaging Awards

It was a double whammy for Coca-Cola Amatil (NZ) Ltd (CCANZ) winning two of the eight categories at the 2013 Environmental Packaging Awards held by the Packaging Council of New Zealand.

It was a double whammy for Coca-Cola Amatil (NZ) Ltd (CCANZ) winning two of the eight categories  at the 2013 Environmental Packaging Awards held by the Packaging Council of New Zealand.

The company won the Keep New Zealand Beautiful Award for Community Education Programmes, with its joint initiative with BP NZ and Love NZ to encourage recycling while out and about, through the installation of recycling bins (“bintainers”) in BP’s Connect forecourts nationwide.

It also won the Scion Award for Supply Chain Influence on Packaging Systems (Providing Positive Environmental Outcomes) for the company’s investment in blow-fill technology to lightweight PET.

“We’ve been focussed on these types of environmental initiatives for several years and it’s heartening to see our efforts being recognised by the wider packaging industry,” says Val Hayes, Acting Corporate Affairs Manager, CCANZ.

“Our beverage containers are 100% recyclable, and working with customers like BP makes it easy for people to recycle while out and about. And our $50 million investment into blow-fill technology to lightweight our plastic bottles makes both commercial and environmental sense.”

BP’s General Manager for Retail, Frank van Hattum said industry has an important role to play in helping promote recycling and sustainability practices. “This is something that can make a real difference. We know it’s important for our customers and communities and believe in leading by example. We are committed to having a bintainer on all 81 BP Connect forecourts,” he added.

“Our investment in blow-fill was a supply chain driven decision that has delivered a number of positive environmental outcomes for our business,” says John Truscott, General Manager Supply Chain, CCANZ.

“It has reduced our carbon footprint through the self-manufacture process, as we blow the bottles at our manufacturing plants rather than transporting empty bottles around the country, plus we use about 13% less PET resin overall.